Crime, Police/Fire, Traffic

Baltimore County street racing crackdown leads to 120 citations

PIKESVILLE, MD – A joint law enforcement initiative to combat aggressive driving and illegal street racing on Friday night led to 120 citations issued to motorists in Baltimore County.

Traffic enforcement efforts by Maryland state troopers and Baltimore County officers during the eight-hour operation resulted in 130 traffic stops on Friday, June 7, 2019. The initiative resulted in 130 traffic stops which led to troopers and officers issuing a combined total of 120 citations, 93 warnings, and 58 safety equipment repair orders.

Police also made one felony arrest on an outstanding warrant, and one arrest each for impaired driving and a suspended license.

Maryland State Police joined forces with the Baltimore County Police Department to combat illegal street racing in areas known for the aggressive driving behavior. The joint enforcement effort took place in areas along Interstate 70, I-695, I-795, Baltimore National Pike, Security Boulevard, and Pulaski Highway. In 2018, a similar joint operation on I-70 and I-695 resulted in 65 traffic stops which led to troopers and officers issuing 97 citations, 33 warnings, and 23 safety equipment repair orders.

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To date in 2019, there have been three fatalities due to illegal street racing in Baltimore County. The Maryland State Police continue to support the Maryland Department of Transportation’s campaign “Toward Zero Deaths.” These high-visibility enforcement efforts are aimed at reducing the number of aggressive driving, motor vehicle crashes in which speed, alcohol, and other driving violations are contributing factors to crashes on Maryland roads.

Funded in part by the Maryland Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Highway Safety Office, the Maryland State Police and the Baltimore County Police Department say they will continue their efforts to put a stop to illegal street racing and deter others from being a part of such illegal activity. Future initiatives are planned to continue to combat the issue.

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